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The Phoenix, Sunday September 29th



How Does It Feel To Be Loved? Children's Disco
Sunday September 29th
The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP. 12pm-4pm. £6 adults (15 plus), £2 children (14 and under). Advance tickets here - https://www.wegottickets.com/event/622876/

We've held the HDIF Children's disco at the End Of The Road festival since 2011, and they've been lots and lots of fun. We play our usual mixture of indie pop and soul, and the discos are a wonderful opportunity for kids to bop around to Belle & Sebastian, Allo Darlin', Ramones, Pixies and more, and for their parents to bop along with them. It can often be hard to get out to club nights once you become a parent, so these discos are as much a chance for the parents to go out dancing as they are for the kids. We also want to provide an alternative to the many rave-themed kids discos that are on offer in London. If you'd rather dance to your favourite indie pop and Motown songs with your children, then we're the disco for you!

Music will be played at a reasonable level. We'll make sure that the songs aren't played too loud, but if you're worried about volume please do bring along ear defenders for your kids.

Everyone is welcome at our kids discos - children, parents and family friends - but we follow similar rules to Coram's Fields - so no admission for adults unless they are accompanied by a child.

About The Phoenix:

The venue is a wonderful basement bar with a wooden dancefloor. Entrance is via a short flight of stairs. It's three minutes walk from Oxford Circus tube station.



Here's a video of the kids disco at EOTR in action!


We play:

Belle & Sebastian * Dusty Springfield * The Magnetic Fields * Love * Orange Juice * The Ronettes * Aztec Camera * Beach Boys * The Temptations * Velvet Underground * Felt * The Shangri-Las * Allo Darlin' * Otis Redding * The Field Mice * Dexys Midnight Runners * Camera Obscura * The Four Tops * The Go-Betweens * Tammi Terrell * Jens Lekman * Jonathan Richman * Le Tigre * Pat Powdrill * The Sea Urchins * Sleater-Kinney * Os Mutantes * Neutral Milk Hotel * The Left Banke * The Associates * Martha Reeves & The Vandellas * The Supremes

Future Dates

Sunday September 29th -
Sunday October 27th - Halloween Party - https://www.wegottickets.com/event/622878/
Sunday November 24th -
Sunday December 29th - New Year's Eve Party
- https://www.wegottickets.com/event/622882

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Reviews of How Does It Feel To Be Loved?

"This hugely popular night knows there are few better ways to enter the new year than with a soundtrack of classic sixties soul and the most danceworthy janglepop and shimmering indie tunes." - Time Out

“A speakeasy for anyone who suspects that their life is one big Smiths song' - Big Issue
'Absolutely the best night in the whole of the world!” - The Guardian
“Much-loved indie pop institution” - The Quietus
“Legendary indie club” - NME
"How Does It Feel To Be Loved has, since 2002, easily been one of London’s best club nights. Its unpretentious and welcoming nature, often fuelled with everything from Belle & Sebastian and Orange Juice to Tamla Motown and Dusty Springfield, swipes away any negative connotations our capital has for being a cold, brutal and rather heartless place." - Music OMH
"With a decade of great nights under its belt How Does it Feel to Be Loved? is one of London's most enduring and influential underground indie get-togethers." Flavorpill

"Popular club night How Does It Feel to Be Loved host their first London kids disco at The Phoenix, W1. Fresh off the fields of End of the Road Festival, HDIF Children’s Disco provides a laid-back session for fans of indie and classic soul. Expect anything from The Smiths to Otis Redding" - Babes About Town (Jan 2018)
"How Does It Feel To Be Loved? is running its third child-friendly disco on March 25th. This alternative to rave-themed discos such as BFLF and Rave-A-Roo offers indie kids and their tinies a chance to bop around to The Smiths and The Ramones." - Bablands (Feb 2018)
"If you don't want to hear children's music at a children's disco there is an alternative. How Does It Feel to Be Loved? is an unashamedly indie club night – Belle and Sebastian, The Smiths and Pixies are some of its staples, although pop and soul make an appearance too – that puts on monthly Sunday afternoon shindigs for families. The same music policy applies, with the tunes played at a kiddie-friendly level. Give the youngsters a dose of musical history." - Time Out (April 2018)
"Introduce your teeny-tiny boppers to some proper tunes at the How Does It Feel Children's Disco. From indie darlings like Belle & Sebastian, to the psychedelic soul of The Temptations played at a kid-friendly level, it'll be music to their (and your) ears." - Londonist (April 2018)
"The HDIF Children’s disco has seen wild success at End Of The Road festival for the last seven years and has since started a regular night at The Phoneix in Cavendish Square. Here the kids are treated to a mixture of the indie, pop, and soul of your youth, and the discos are a wonderful opportunity for them to bop around, and for you to bop along with them, reliving the glory days. So get on all the old rave gear (if it still fits), and get your kids down for a boogie at HDIF, it’ll be a night they’ll always remember!" - Boo Roo And Tigger Too (March 2023)
"Fancy some more lowkey daytime dancing with your whole family? Spin your teeny ones around at this chilled Sunday afternoon party. You’ll hear DJs playing indie pop and golden oldies e.g. The Supremes, The Ramones, Belle & Sebastian and more. All ages welcome, from babies upwards." - Babes About Town (Jan 202)4
"Cheer yourselves up with an afternoon of dancing with the whole crew at these popular monthly get togethers. Hit the floor and throw some shapes to classic pop, soul and indie hits, from The Supremes to The Ramones. There are live DJs and a house party atmosphere. All ages welcome, from babies upwards." - sBabes About Town (April 2024).

Parent reviews of the HDIF Children's Disco

"Great fun today, perfect venue for a birthday bash: the kids loved it! Lost in Music perfect song to end on and some nice tributes to MES."

"My two (7 & 5) loved it. A very good afternoon. We will definitely be coming again. Thank you for playing Hush."

"Had the best time this afternoon! Thanks Ian!! I think we’d best get booking our tickets for the next one! Yey!"

"Great fun again! Thanks Ian! See you next month!"

"It was great, great fun, glad we finally made it. The children's discos have been the highlight of the last few years at the End Of The Road festival, so was ridiculously excited to see you doing it in London. We'll be back next month!"

"Had a lot of fun dancing this afternoon. Thanks for the opportunity!"

"My daughter's been to school discos and said that they have been terrible and I needed her to know there are places where she can hear the music she knows and loves..Thanks for that. We are at End Of The Road festival this year so hope to see you there too."

HDIF Podcasts:

Throw a party in your living room with the latest HDIF podcast. The podcasts have a variety of themes - some feature songs that were played at the most recent club night, and some are new music specials focussing on indie pop.

You can listen to a podcast of some of the songs played at the HDIF Children's Disco here: